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Forum topic by MrFid posted 05-06-2013 12:11 AM 1677 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2013 12:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw tablesaw question

Hi everyone.

Here’s the deal. Before I got seriously into woodworking, I bought a table saw for DIY repairs. It’s the crappy Ryobi one you can get for like 80 or 100 bucks. The top is aluminum (warped like crazy), can’t fit any decent insert so therefore can’t saw anything thinner than about 3/4, fence sucks, etc. I could go on for an hour about how much I regret that saw. Point is, at some point I’ll need a new table saw.
My family is thinking about moving in maybe a year or two (baby is getting older needs more room), and when we do we’ll end up with a house with enough shop space for both a decent TS and a band saw. For now, though, I am really limited to one or the other. So here is what I was thinking: get a band saw that I’ll want to keep for a while and ditch the table saw. I’d probably keep the motor for some other project, but the rest of it is pure trash. Evacuating the table saw spot will give me room for a band saw. Once we move to a bigger place, I’ll find a table saw that is worthy. Downside is I’ll be without a TS for a year or two, but with a good band saw and my set of handplanes, I think I can get a bandsaw doing a better table saw impression than my current table saw. Not trying to start a debate about which is more necessary, but I’d like to get feedback on whether people think this is a good idea or not. Has anyone else swapped a crappy table saw for a nicer band saw?
Second order of business is to find a nicer bandsaw. Not a lot of money, so I’m probably looking at a new Craftsman from Sears or used on the Craiger. I’d love a 14” as I hope to do some light resawing on it. Here’s what came up:

It looks like a Griz G1019 (anyone know better?). I don’t see a fence, but that’s not a big problem since I plan on getting a new fence anyway. The guy wants $150 for it, which would seem fair with the fence. Maybe I can talk him down to 100… any suggestions would be great. I left the guy a message, will keep you all updated. Thanks for being such a good resource.


-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 05-06-2013 12:15 AM

If the Ryobi TS you have is a 10S or 20S I have a top for it in good condition. It is pretty flat, I used it for making cabinets in RV’s for awhile until I killed the motor sawing lumber out of Bodark logs.

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#2 posted 05-06-2013 12:22 AM

My Ryobi is the older version of this one:

Would yours have a fence included? My fence is so warped it’s almost funny. If so, I’d certainly take it off you hands. Thanks so much for reading and the offer!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 01:58 AM

That bandsaw you pictured looks like a Harbor Freight model to me.

Replacing the tablesaw with a bandsaw would NOT work for me at all as I can’t get the accuracy that I get with my TS. For example, I think cutting miters for box sides wouls be very difficult (if not impossible). My first TS was a Ryobi and I built a lot of stuff with it after I spent some time getting it tweaked. Mine was a different model than yours (mine was the collapsable one with wheels)

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 02:15 AM

#1 Don’t get rid of your table saw just yet. It still has value in the shop. The TS can do things the band saw cannot.

I agree with GFA, that looks like a HF saw. I’d check it out, make sure no cracked trunions and the blade tracks properly. Cheap add-ons are a link belt, cool blocks, new eurathane wheels, and a Timber wolf blade.

I’d offer 100 and prolly go up to 125 tops. With the add ons, you are still @ 200 dollars for a decent saw.

And, I’ve never really needed a fence on my band saw…..good luck!

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